NGO report examines labour standards in India's mobile phone industry, says contract workers are "trapped in unfair and exploitative positions"
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Precarious jobs and insufficient wages are common in the mobile phone industry in India. These are the findings of a new report launched today by the makeITfair campaign. Phony Equality – Labour standards of mobile phone manufacturers in India reveals that most of the workers at four electronics factories owned by Nokia, Flextronics, Foxconn [part of Hon Hai] and Salcomp in Chennai’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are either contract workers or ‘trainees’ who have no claim to permanent employment and are often trapped in unfair and exploitative positions.
Author: Anibel Ferus-Comelo & Päivi Pöyhönen, Finnwatch, Cividep & SOMO
This report focuses on labour rights in the mobile phone industry in India and addresses working conditions in export processing zones…The aim of this research is to get an understanding of unionisation and precarious employment in four mobile phone factories, namely Nokia, Salcomp, Flextronics and Foxconn, based in Sriperumbudur around Chennai, Tamil Nadu…The publication is based on research efforts of the local partner of the makeITfair project, Cividep, which interviewed more than 100 workers from these four companies during the period of February to May 2011. In addition to this, Finnwatch and Cividep researchers visited the factories in March 2011, to interview company representatives. The report contains detailed management responses. It also includes insights gained from visits behind the usually closed factory gates...All the four companies have been given the opportunity to comment on the factory i ndings and notify Finnwatch of any factual inaccuracies. Their responses were incorporated in this report.